What is the QMJHL?

FROM: Donna

COMMENTS: I know I should know this, but it said in the article that the new coach came from the QMJHL … what’s that?

REPLY: This is a great question! We anticipated that fans in Condorstown may not know all about “The Q” as it’s referred to in the hockey world. Team President Matthew Riley talks about the league in this video (click here).

Basically there are three “major junior” leagues in Canada serving players from all over the world, 16-20 years of age. There is the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). These are considered to be the top leagues in the world and the leagues from which the top players in the NHL Draft year after year come from.

You should know one “junior” team in particular. Our very own Edmonton Oil Kings compete in the WHL. They did so well in fact that they not only won the WHL title, but the Memorial Cup which pits the champions of all three leagues against one another.

Hope this helps!

– The Mailbag Guy